Are you wondering how to apply for an Extraordinary Driver’s Licence in WA? At Stevenson Legal, we have made literally hundreds of applications with an extremely high success rate. The reason isn’t luck. Our clients are assisted by a thorough knowledge of the law, a deep understanding of the rules of evidence and, above all, experience in presenting applications in a detailed and persuasive manner. We provide information, outlined below, that will be relevant to all applications for an Extraordinary Driver’s Licence. If you want to know why Stevenson Legal should be your first choice for representation and preparation of your application, scroll down even further to read some of the reviews from our previous clients who are now back on the road.
Since 2010, the grounds upon which an Extraordinary Driver’s Licence in Perth can be obtained has become significantly narrower. During that year, the Western Australian Parliament passed laws that made applying for an Extraordinary Driver’s Licence in Perth or Western Australia much more difficult. Currently, the Magistrates Court of Western Australia, which hears the majority of Extraordinary Driver’s Licence applications, has to take into regard to a range of factors. These factors include:
The safety of the public, your criminal and traffic record
The circumstances surrounding your loss of licence
Your conduct since losing your licence
Whether you are a person of good character
Even if the court is persuaded that those factors go in your favour, it cannot grant an Extraordinary Driver’s Licence unless it is satisfied that without one, you:
Are unable to provide urgent medical attention for yourself or a family member
Will face an undue financial burden by being deprived of your principle means of obtaining income
Will be deprived of your only practicable means of travelling to your place of employment
It’s important that you are not only aware of the nuances of the new legislation, and the mandatory waiting periods before applying, but also that you know how to go about presenting evidence that supports your claim. If your application is not successful, you are unable to make another application for six months.
Our Stevenson Legal experts can answer any questions you may have before preparing your case.
You will need to appear in court and give ‘Evidence in Chief’ in support of your claim. The Department of Transport has in-house solicitors that appear in every application. If they don’t agree with your Extraordinary Driver’s Licence application, they’ll oppose it, subject you to a ‘Cross Examination’, and make closing arguments to the court why it shouldn’t be granted.
As the experienced professionals in Extraordinary Driver’s Licences, our team at Stevenson Legal can:
Take your instructions and identify any ‘problem areas’
Draft cogent and fully-evidenced written submissions that set out and evidence your application
Liaise with the solicitors for the Department of Transport and seek to resolve any issues ahead of, not during, your application
Guide you through your Examination in Chief, objecting to any inappropriate Cross Examination questions
Present persuasive closing arguments to the court
HOW TO APPLY FOR AN EXTRAORDINARY DRIVER’S LICENCE IN WA
Our Stevenson Legal experts are available to discuss, over the phone or by appointment, the application process for an Extraordinary Driver’s Licence. Alternatively, see the step-by-step process below:
Firstly, you need to know whether or not you will be eligible to apply at all. While most people under disqualification from driving can apply, not everybody can do so. For example, people under demerit point suspensions may not be able to apply. However, if you’re subjected to both court ordered suspensions and demerit point suspensions, the situation may become more complex.
Secondly, you need to know what the waiting periods are before you can apply. This can vary depending on the reason for your disqualification and is also impacted upon by roadside disqualifications for drink driving offences. It is important to note that the date that you can first apply for an Extraordinary Driver’s Licence is not the date that the court will hear your application – that will take place later on. We can quantify all the above for you and give you a precise and certain date for your application.
Thirdly, you need to know the legislative criteria. Simply needing a driver’s licence may not be enough, because you will also have to demonstrate that there are no other transport options open to you. You will also need to demonstrate that the geographical limitations you are seeking are reasonable ones, and that the way that you have carried on work prior to the application cannot be sustained. Even if you satisfy the court that you need the application, the court must then go on to consider whether you ought to be given an Extraordinary Driver’s Licence. They will take into consideration several factors, such as your conduct since losing your licence, your character, the circumstances behind your loss of licence, and critically, any danger you pose to the public safety.
Fourthly, you need to know what conditions the court may wish to impose on you in the event that you are issued an Extraordinary Driver’s Licence. Conversely, if there are conditions that the court would usually apply that may cause unnecessary inconvenience for you, you will need to mount a persuasive case as to why those conditions should not be imposed. Of course, simply knowing the answers to the above questions will rarely be sufficient. You also need to know how to adequately evidence your arguments and submissions in a way that is acceptable to the court. Many applicants with good claims for an Extraordinary Driver’s Licence can fail due to a lack of properly prepared evidence in support.
Finally, you need to be persuasive in bringing all of the above factors together in a cogent and forceful way that satisfies the court that it ought to grant the application you are seeking. This is important because if your application is refused, you cannot apply again for a further six months.
See below to learn about some of the recently successful Extraordinary Driver’s Licence applications our Stevenson Legal lawyers have acted on.
Air conditioning technician, aged 33, lost their licence due to a low-range drink driving offence (second offence). Applicant’s partner was unable to work due to medical issues and loss of employment would have left the household with no income.
Self-employed landscaper, aged 55, lost their licence due to a mid-range drink driving offence (first offence). Applicant had a strong case but needed assistance in preparing documents and supporting evidence.
Communications technician working on a mine site, aged 35, lost their licence due to a high range drink driving offence. Applicant had shown remorse for this one-off offence and was able to keep employment due to successful application.
Site supervisor on construction site, aged 55, lost their licence due to very high-range drink driving offence. Strong motivation to change drinking habits and close family support assisted this client with their successful application.
Retail manager, aged 28, lost licence due to a mid-range drink driving offence. The court was satisfied that all criteria had been met and evidenced. Client very happy to be back at work with only minimal disruption to their working life.
Don’t leave your driver’s licence up to chance. Contact our team at Stevenson Legal today for any help you need with preparing, presenting and arguing your Extraordinary Driver’s Licence application.
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Nick has a broad range of knowledge and experience which was critical in achieving the best possible outcomes for my situation. He kept me suitably informed throughout the process, and always acted in a professional manner. Would definitely recommend his services in future.
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Nick took time to meet me in very short notice, he advised all the possible solution that will help with my case. The outcome turned out really well and as what he previously expected. He will be the to go person if I require any legal advice in the future. Highly recommended to everyone who need a lawyer that is professional, honest and straight to the point. Thanks again Nick!
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I am a sub contractor bricklayer and recently used Nick for Extraordinary drivers license application.Nick made sure everything was in place to ensure application was granted. I would highly recommend Nick for anyone seeking a lawyer for traffic matters.
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I recently engaged Nicholas Stevenson of Stevenson Legal to represent me against a charge that carried a substantial fine and imprisonment. Nick successfully argued in court that the offence was at the lower end of the penalty range which resulted in saving me a great deal of money.He also was able to obtain a "Spent Conviction" for me.Nick was clearly at ease with the court environment and acted with great competency and professionalism. I highly recommend him
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